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November 2015

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on the fly USA HOCKEY PEOPLE & PROGRAMS 10 10 on the fly USA HOCKEY PEOPLE & PROGRAMS PHOTOS COURTESY OF Getty Images; USA Hockey Magazine Archives; Gretchen Cockey The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois does more than provide great instruction on the ice. It also helps players and parents navigate the challenging world of high-level hockey off the ice. AHAI recently held the 25th install- ment of its popular Opportunities in Ice Hockey After High School seminar on Oct. 12 at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. The event is designed to help players and parents develop a better understanding of the realities and avenues open to hockey players as they progress through their youth hockey careers. A wide array of topics were discussed, including the finer points of prep school and Junior hockey as well as playing at the collegiate level. Representatives from more than 20 college and Junior programs were on hand to answer questions to help players and parents make informed decisions about their future. NOVEMBER. 2015 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Respect Your Opponent Good sportsmanship starts with respecting your opponents. The idea that we should respect our opponents is one of the life lessons we hope our kids gain from playing youth sports. Remember, without opponents, there would be no game. Teaching good sportsmanship starts with helping youth athletes understand why and how to respect their opponents. Try these helpful tips to start the conversation with your youth athletes. 10 WAYS TO RESPECT YOUR OPPONENT Here are some helpful reminders of what you can do to show respect for your opponents before, during and after a competition. 1. Pregame Hand Shakes: Set the tone before the drop of the puck and wish your opponent good luck. 2. Huddle Up For Sportsmanship: Coaches and captains should remind everyone to play fair, play by the rules and respect their opponent. 3. Play By The Rules: Honor the game by abiding by the rules and accepting the referee's call if you're whistled for a penalty. 4. Pick Up Your Opponent: If your opponent falls or is knocked to the ice, give him or her a hand up. 5. Cheer, Don't Jeer: Stay positive and stay classy. Never jeer, boo or demean your opponent. 6. Take Out The Trash Talk: Let your play speak for itself. 7. Thank Opposing Players: End every game with high fives and 'good games.' 8. Thank Opposing Coaches: Respecting your opponent not only means the players but also the coach. 9. Handshakes In The Stands: Parents can get in on the act by showing good sportsmanship and cheering in a positive way. 10. Reward Good Sportsmanship: Present a postgame award to the player who demonstrated good sportsmanship and played the game the right way. To learn how you can teach your youth athlete the important lesson of respecting opponents, visit PlayPositive.com/Respecting-Opponents for helpful advice, tools and resources you can use on and off the ice. You can also watch top athletes and coaches talk about respecting opponents in exclusive videos from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive ® . AHAI PROVIDES ROAD MAP FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH Tier I 14 & Under Ice Den Scottsdale, Ariz. 16 & Under and 18 & Under RMU Island Sports Center and UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex Pittsburgh Tier II 14 & Under Florida Panthers Ice Den Coral Springs, Fla. 16 & Under Dr Pepper StarsCenter Plano and Farmers Branch, Texas 18 & Under Suburban Ice Lansing, Mich. HIGH SCHOOL Gilmour Academy Arena and Mentor Civic Arena Cleveland GIRLS Tier I Onyx Rochester Ice Arena Farmington, Mich. Tier II Troy Sports Center Troy, Mich. WOMEN Senior A, B and C Onyx Rochester Ice Arena Farmington, Mich. SLED HOCKEY Sharks Ice San Jose, Calif. USA HOCKEY NATIONALS HEAD TO THE DESERT USA Hockey brings its National Championships to the desert, further showing the growth of the game in nontraditional markets. The list of host sites for the 2017 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships includes Scottsdale, Ariz., marking the first time youth hockey's holy grail will be up for grabs in the Valley of the Sun. The 2017 Nationals kick off with the high school tournament running from March 30 to April 3. The youth and girls' events run from April 6-10, and the women's and sled tournaments go from April 6-9. Dates and locations for other adult tournaments will be announced at a later date.

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